Why Read Hannah Arendt Now RICHARD J. BERNSTEIN
Recently there has been an extraordinary international revival of interest in Hannah Arendt. She was extremely perceptive about the dark tendencies in contemporary life that continue to plague us. She developed a concept of politics and public freedom that serves as a critical standard for judging what is wrong with politics today. Richard J. Bernstein argues that Arendt should be read today because her penetrating insights help us to think about both the darkness of our times and the sources of illumination. He explores her thinking about statelessness and refugees; the right to have rights; her critique of Zionism; the meaning of the banality of evil; the complex relations between truth, lying, power, and violence; the tradition of the revolutionary spirit; and the urgent need for each of us to assume responsibility for our political lives. This short and very readable book will be of great interest to anyone who wants to understand the forces that are shaping our world today. RICHARD J. BERNSTEIN is a senior and distinguished philosopher and a leading authority on Hannah Arendt.
4.88 x 7.48 inches | 144 pages | June 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-2859-2 | 1-5095-2859-8
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PB | 978-1-5095-2860-8 | 1-5095-2860-1
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Rupture The Crisis of Liberal Democracy MANUEL CASTELLS Translated by Rosie Marteau The majority of citizens in the world today do not trust their political representatives. This widespread crisis of legitimacy underlies a series of dramatic changes, such as the election of Donald Trump, Brexit, the transformation of the political system in Spain (including the secessionist movement in Catalonia), and the rise of the extreme right in Europe. In this short but wide-ranging book Manuel Castells examines some of the potential causes of people’s disaffection, including the effects of globalization, the impact of media politics and the internet, the increasing corruption of politicians, and the critique of the existing order by new social movements. Castells also examines the impact of global terrorism and war in fueling the surge of extremism. That these trends are present in very different contexts suggests a deep-seated crisis in the model of democracy that has been the cornerstone of stability and civility in the last half century. MANUEL CASTELLS is University Professor and the Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge.
5.43 x 8.5 inches | 176 pages | November 2018
HB | 978-1-5095-3199-8 | 1-5095-3199-8
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PB | 978-1-5095-3200-1 | 1-5095-3200-5
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